Offce Insiders on Windows get inking support for Outlook, improved link handling

It's Friday, which means it's time for Microsoft to publish the release notes for another Office Insider Fast build for Windows users. This week's build has a couple of interesting additions, including the ability to use ink in Outlook.

If that sounds familiar, it might be because Microsoft added the same capability to the Windows 10 Mail app last year. Now, the full Outlook app supports it as well, and it works with a pen or your finger, and it'll work by default if you have a touchscreen.

There are, however, some known issues with the feature:

  • Resizing the drawing canvas with a stylus/pen sometimes doesn't work.
  • Copying ink from another app (Word, Excel, or PowerPoint) is not actually ink when pasted.
  • Touch resizing to scale-zoom is difficult when there is a Drawing Canvas in the way

As for the other apps, the only change is that they can now handle links to Office files, meaning that you no longer have to open them in the web version of the app. Link handling is available for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, but it's not enabled by default. You'll need to go to File -> Options -> Advanced -> Link Handling to enable it.

Aside from the two new features, the latest updates include a bunch of bug fixes for each app. You should receive the latest version automatically over the next few days.

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